Iowa Speedway IndyCar race returns to nighttime in 2019

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The Verizon IndyCar Series’ yearly visit to the Iowa Speedway will once again be a night race in the 2019 season.

INDYCAR revealed earlier on Monday that next year’s event at the 7/8-mile oval will be held on Saturday night July 20, marking IndyCar’s first night race at Iowa since 2015.

“The staff at Iowa Speedway and our partnership with NBC Sports have helped us deliver exciting night racing for the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019. Our cars look great under the lights, and the competition should be even more fierce given what should be cooler conditions,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which oversees INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt added, “The return of a night race for INDYCAR at Iowa Speedway is exciting news for our race fans, sponsors, and the entire region. INDYCAR races here are not only thrilling sports entertainment, but also a boon for the local economy. Our track provides some of the best racing you’ll see anywhere, which will be good for attendance. This is one of our crown jewels and a can’t-miss weekend.

“Announcing our (2019) INDYCAR weekend in July allows our fans, local businesses and the City of Newton to plan ahead for what will be an exciting season of racing at Iowa Speedway.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series has held races at Iowa Speedway since 2007, with four being held at night. Marco Andretti won the first night race at Iowa in 2011, while Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the other three (2012, 2014, and 2015).